Defined contribution plan consultants are concerned about rising rates, a low return environment and high volatility over the next three to five years, according to a survey by PIMCO.

More than 70 percent of consultants surveyed said they are concerned or very concerned about each of these topics.

Nearly all consultants surveyed view active management as important or very important in global asset-allocation strategies, such as target-date funds. They also agree that it is somewhat or very important to actively manage all asset classes, with the weakest support given to large cap U.S. equities and TIPS.

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